In-Person Worship Resumes Feb. 7th


Dear Cheviot UMC Family,
Since the pandemic began almost one year ago, the Administrative Council has struggled with
many difficult decisions related to changes in church life and the operation and use of our
facilities, but none has been more complex or important than the question of whether we could
hold live worship. We have attempted to balance our strong need and desire to congregate and
worship together against the safety of our staff, volunteers, congregation, and the community
around us. At times, the decision was made for us as some staff and congregation members
tested positive and quarantines made live worship impossible. Nevertheless, at every meeting Ad
Council thoughtfully considered the question of when we might be able to reopen.
On January 17, Ad Council met and voted to return to in-person worship effective February 7,
2021, with appropriate precautions and with strict adherence to social distancing guidelines. This
decision should not be seen as an indication that it is now safer to be in our church or out in the
community than it was when we suspended live worship. In fact, infection statistics are
considerably worse now and the capacity of our health care systems to deal with the pandemic is
greatly diminished compared to 5 months ago. Instead, this decision was based on the feeling
that individual members of the congregation could determine whether it would be reasonably
safe for others and for themselves if they were to return to in-person worship. As you make this
decision, we encourage you to consult the many resources available regarding the pandemic,
including the recommendations of public health officials.
We will continue to record services for online viewing and post them on YouTube as before. We
will also send you a reminder in early February of the protocols and procedures in place for those
attending in-person worship which will begin February 7. If you have any questions, feel free to
contact me at or call the church office and Juanita will notify me.
We all look forward to putting this nightmare behind us and returning as soon as possible to life
as we once knew it, especially the opportunity to fully greet one another and to worship and
serve our Lord together. Until then, please stay safe.

Eric Bruestle
Chair, Administrative Council

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